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Water restrictions on home sites in Heredia

Water restrictions on home sites in HerediaPlanning on searching for home sites in Heredia? Wait a sec, you might not want to. Starting August 2015,  there are water restrictions on some home sites in Heredia.

We all need water to be able to live and global warming has changed the ground rules. The water supply in some areas of Costa Rica is suffering as much as in other countries.  The local authorities are starting to catch up on the boom in construction in the last 5 years, especially with so many condominiums being built everywhere in the Central Valley.

In Costa Rica, when you request building permits for a home site, the first document you will need is a water letter. This is also mandatory for home sites in Heredia. This water letter is extended by the water company in that area. This could be AyA, the national water company, an ASADA (which is a local coop in case it’s not AyA who supplies the water in that particular area).  In other words, if you don’t have the water letter, you will not receive building permits.

Heredia offers so many beautiful places to live, especially if you like cooler weather and to have access to all the amenities of a city. Our affiliate agent for Heredia offers a wide range of Heredia homes for sale, as you can see in some of the photos I am posting in this article.


The Empresa de Servicios Públicos de Heredia (ESPH) or the Heredia Public Services Company is in charge of the water in Heredia. Starting August 2015, ESPH will NOT grant any new water connections for the following locations:

  • Concepción de San Rafael de Heredia
  • Concepción de San Isidro de Heredia
  • Santa Elena de San Isidro de Heredia
  • Breña de Mora de San Isidro de Heredia
Water restrictions on home sites in Heredia
Heredia home for sale

For the areas of San Rafael and San Isidro the “Unidad de Agua Potable”, the department in charge of this issue, will assess the availability of the resource when requested.

Not available

No matter if there is an existing water network; this does not guarantee the availability of the resource for new development in the area. There will NOT be any availability of water connections for:

  • Subdivisions
  • Land segregation
  • New residential services
  • Additional water meters

The reason for this water restriction on home sites in Heredia, ESPH says, is that 100% of the water supply in the upper Heredia areas is from surface sources. They have seen a decline in the water pressure, a situation that worsens during the dry season.

Water restrictions on home sites in Heredia
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Special thanks to Xinia Salazar, our affiliate for the Heredia area. Xinia responsibly sent us the restriction so we can warn our clients.  If you own a home site or land for development in any of the above areas and you would like to build your new house in Heredia, we recommend you apply for building permits before August 8, 2015, as ESPH will approve any requests for a new water connection before this date.

For more exact information on the water restriction sin Heredia, feel free to contact Francisco Angulo at ESPH: 2562-3848 / 8352-3480

If you are looking to purchase land anywhere in the Province of Heredia, you should contact Xinia, so she can recommend areas in Heredia that do not have any water supply problems.

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Ivo Henfling

Your West-side of San Jose real estate agent, covering Escazu and Santa Ana, Rohrmoser and Ciudad Colon. If you are looking to buy a home in Costa Rica or invest in a condo anywhere in the Central Valley or looking for any property for sale in Escazu or Santa Ana, you need to contact Costa Rica real estate agent Ivo Henfling. Ivo has been selling Costa Rica real estate on the westside of San Jose, in the locations of Rohrmoser, Sabana, Escazu, Santa Ana and Ciudad Colon for over 20 years and can show you hundreds of happy buyers of real estate in Escazu and those other areas. For Ivo, a deal is not a good one unless both buyer and seller are happy.

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